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Got the following email from MNB reader Janis Raye, regarding our meal kits story:

I was looking at meal kits as a Christmas gift for my kids (Millennials), and I ended up with Chef’d — not because it was the lowest priced, but because it had a lot of flexibility. You aren’t locked into 2 or 3 meals a week, but rather, just get the meal kits when you want them. I liked the fact that you point out, that they are linked to a lot of other companies, including the NY Times Cooking recipes, which I read a lot. I can’t picture using a meal kit service myself, but since they are still kind of beginning cooks, I thought it could be fun every now and then.

On another subject, from MNB reader Bob Gorski:

As a designer for the independent grocer and retailer, I believe this is the dawn of a new age for the independent and co-op. With the Amazon purchase of Whole Foods, the independent and co-op are truly the last vestige of the non-corporate format.

Provide great customer service, fresh product, near or better restaurant food service, and a clean store you will thrive!

Dorothy Lane, Kowalskis, Wegmans, Jimbos, to name a few...and I have based my business model on this format!

The only caution I would offer is that there are too many independents that think they somehow are entitled to survive, or have some sort of moral superiority, just because they are independent, just because they are small. Which is nonsense.

There are some wonderful independent retailers out there, but the really great ones understand that they have to earn it, every day.

Regarding the faulty eclipse glasses for which Amazon is providing refunds, as well as warnings that they don’t work, MNB reader Bob Thomas wrote:

In about 15 minutes I was able to find out some information about Websun that Amazon could have checked.  Their website has a .US extension but their contact information is all in China.  That would make the extension a violation since the company is not located in the US.  The registrant contact for the website is not known on Social Media and the address for the registrant contact is non-existent.  Hopefully no one will use those eyeglasses and Amazon will take action against the company that fraudulently offered them as safe on the Amazon website.  Should Amazon be sued their hold harmless clause with the supplier will most likely be worthless because there is no company by that name, the company will dissolve immediately on receipt of a lawsuit or the judgement will not be collectable.  Of course they can take them off of Amazon though they never should have been allowed on to begin with but the “company” has other websites.  Amazon has to be better if they want to compete with Alibaba.  With the computer tech that Amazon has my 15 minutes could probably have been 2 minutes.

On the possibility that Amazon could get into the ticket selling business, MNB reader Monte Stowell wrote:

Hooray for Amazon if they can add competition to the ticket event marketplace. I can remember buying tickets to lots of concerts and sporting events when there was no additional charge over and above the announced face price of a ticket. Frankly, when Ticketmaster came into being, the price of the tickets with their additional fees did not justify what they charged. I only hope that Amazon can take on Ticketmaster and any other ticket seller to bring change to lower fees when buying an event ticket.
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